Weekly Winter Word 19

Mar 7, 2013

Mountaintops prepare us for valleys

Highlighted SFC Value: B.R.I.D.G.E

“Believing” – Our faith is grounded in Biblical truth. We, as the body of Christ, pursue a lifestyle of prayer and worship. Psalm 119:105

Throughout the Bible, God is continually exhorting his people to “remember.” Remember where I brought your from. Remember how I provided for you in the wilderness. Remember what I did here. Remember who you are and to whom you belong. He continually reminds us because we have a diabolical ability to continually forget these very important things. When our life is going really well, we forget God and take the credit for where we are and for how things are going. When things take a turn for the worse we either think that we did something wrong and we’re being punished OR that we did nothing wrong but God is unjust in bringing this trial on us. These responses are wrong. God leads us and builds in us a trust in Him so that regardless of the circumstances we know that He is in control. Thus, in all circumstances we can and should be looking for how it is that he wants to use us, no matter how dire the situation. 2 Corinthians 4

Applicable SFC Brah-verb: Brahverb #21

Whether I shred on the highest mountain in the deepest powder or make my bed in the world of despair, You are there. Ps. 139:8

STORY: God Is There. Even In the Dark

When Corrie Ten Boom was a young girl, she would travel with her Father, a watch maker, to Amsterdam so that he could set his watch according to the Naval Observatory time. On one occasion when she was six, she asked him what “sex-sin” was having heard this word as school. Sex, she thought, was whether a person was a boy or a girl. And sin, she knew, was something that made her aunt very mad. The two together didn’t make any sense at all. Usually her father was glad to answer questions. This time however he remained silent. When they were getting off of the train, her father took down his traveling case that was now full of watches and spare parts and set it on the floor. Then he asked her to carry for him. When she tried she found that the case was too heavy and she could not lift it. Then her father said, “Yes. And it would be a pretty poor father who would ask his little girl to carry such a load. It’s the same way, Corrie, with knowledge. Some knowledge is too heavy for children. When you are older and stronger you can bear it. For now you must trust me to carry it for you.”

Many years later, as a penalty for hiding Jews from the Germans, Corrie and her sister found themselves in Ravensbruck, a concentration camp in Germany. Here they experienced true horror. In barracks designed to hold 400 men were crammed 1600 women who had to sleep on lice infested, putrid hay mats. At 4 AM they were forced to stand at attention for hours, even in the dead of winter, while they heard the screams of people being tortured. They worked 11 hour days and were practically starved. There was no medical attention. The bathrooms were overflowing with raw sewage. Death was a daily reality. In the middle of this hellhole, Corrie found herself asking the Lord how He could allow this. Then she remembered her father’s words, “For now you must trust me to carry it for you.” And she found that she could trust Him because He had proven himself time and again throughout her life. And because of this confidence in God, even in the midst of this deep sorrow, anguish, and humiliation she and her sister not only experienced God’s continued provision for them but they found that they had the strength to minister to those around them. Corrie lived to tell this story. Her sister Betsie died in the concentration camp. In the end, Corrie came to understand that our truest hiding place was to simply be in God’s will. As for the questions, she found she could trust God to carry them for her.

Application for the SHRED LIFE:

As we shred, what are we learning about who God is? In our day on the mountain are we asking the Lord, “How do you want to use us today?” If our shred life were stripped from us, would we be able to rest in His will for us?